The Change Of Art Team
We are a group of theatre practitioners and artists, who came together through shared activism and an affiliation with Hope Not Hate. We decided to create a public event to honour the late MP Jo Cox and share our love for this brilliant, multi-cultural city in the best way we know how – through the performing arts. We hope the Change Of Art festival will be a chance for both artists and public who would not usually meet, to get together. It brought people together from different communities across London and provided an opportunity for conversations to happen over food, drink and live performance. We chose a non-theatre space for the festival: The Human Rights Actions Centre at Amnesty International, as we wanted the event space to have a welcoming community feel.
2017 marked the first Change of Art Festival. The theme for the evening was ‘More In Common’.
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The Change of Art team are:
Maria Shury Smith
Amy Clare Tasker
Hope Not Hate
Hope Not Hate is a nonprofit established in 2004 in order to challenge far-right political parties and candidates in Britain through positive and engaged campaigning. They work to encourage anti-racist and anti-fascist movements in communities through grassroots organisation, research, education, and public engagement. It is one of the largest and most successful political action groups in the country.
The 2017 Change Of Art Festival took place as part of Hope Not Hate’s Weekend of Action, a nationwide series of events supported by Hope Not Hate and part of The Great Get Together in June, marking the anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox.
The Great Get Together
The Great Get Together (June 17-18, 2017) happened all across the country: people gathered together with their neighbours to share food and celebrate all that we have in common.
The 2017 Change of Art Festival was held in honour of Jo Cox.
Jo was a Labour MP for the Batley and Speen constituency from her election in May 2015 until her murder in June 2016, shortly before a constituency surgery. Jo worked for Oxfam, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and The Freedom Fund (a charity working to end slavery). She chaired the Labour Women’s Network, launched the Britain in Europe campaign and co-chaired the Friends of Syria All Party Parliamentary Group. She was nominated in 2009 by the Davos World Economic Forum as a young global leader, and in 2012 received the DEVEX award for her contribution to international development.
Jo’s legacy transcends politics and reaches into the heart of our communities. The aim of the Change of Art Festival is to bring people together from all over London, from communities who might not otherwise connect, to perform and enjoy a night of entertainment together.